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The Script Revolution blog is all about articles that may help screenwriters and filmmakers develop their craft, maximise opportunities, and stay updated on the latest news about the site. This isn't a place where you'll find fear-mongering and browbeating, nor is it a conduit for rule delusions and service advertising. Guest posts are more than welcome and offer a way for members to generate a little more exposure for themselves. If you have a blog post you'd like to submit, then you can contact me by clicking here - CJ

Shawn Davis 21 Mar 2018 0

It's time for another one of Shawn Davis' insightful interviews. This time Shawn poses various screenwriting questions to Brett Martin (aka Electric Dreamer) a longtime and valuable contributor on Simply Scripts. Brett is a great example of a writer raised on movies who didn't believe in themselves at first but has since built a productive and optimistic writing routine. Brett also has a lovely quote to share about being an artist and seeking validation. There's a lot to be learnt from writers like him - CJ

CJ Walley 07 Mar 2018 2

I’ve finally optioned a feature script. It’s taken six years to get to this point and it’s been tough, really tough. How does it feel? It feels amazing. It’s a whole new level of validation. It feels like the start of something rather than living in purgatory. But I don’t want to make this about myself. I know many of you are finding it tough too, so I wanted to put something together explaining how I think I got here and what really matters when it comes to screenwriting - CJ

CJ Walley 01 Mar 2018 0

Big congratulations to Jason for optioning his feature script Welcome to Munson Ridge to London based director/producer and Hollywood Black Film Festival winner Dean Charles after it was discovered on Script Revolution.

CJ Walley 01 Mar 2018 0

Okay, there's some big changes to how posters are being treated on Script Revolution, so some of you may need to take note of what's different. Firstly though, I've been swapping prose for code, making more improvements while a member has optioned a feature script after it was discovered in the database. Plus, Script Revolution is finally starting to gain traction within the media - CJ

CJ Walley 28 Feb 2018 0

That’s a rather arrogant title, isn’t it? Well, I’m not going to beat around the bush here. There’s countless screenwriter booklists out there and a lot of them aren’t even compiled by screenwriters themselves. They are pretty dire and I’ve been cutting my own path with reading for a while now. I want to share the books that I’ve personally learned a lot from and know have worked for me. This is what I believe is the most powerful collection of screenwriting books you can read over the next 12 months - CJ

Jerry Edmund 21 Feb 2018 0

I want to introduce you all to my friend, Jerry Edmund. Jerry has been there for me from day-one, being the first person to read one of my publicaly shared scripts. A keen writer and reviewer, I have watched Jerry grow and grow over the past five years. He's knocking it out of the park lately too with a recent article over on the Stage 32 Blog. In the one below, Jerry reflects on the art teacher had once had at school at how his...

CJ Walley 01 Feb 2018 1

Well I didn't see this one coming, but after we hit the milestone of 2,000 scripts last month, we hit 1,500 members in Jan. That's awesome and I'm delighted to welcome more of you into the fold. Hugs all round. Our 1,500th member was Guy Murray-Brown from London. Thanks Guy! - CJ

John Hunter 10 Jan 2018 2

As we move into the new year, you may be feeling a mixture of emotions. Part of you may feel positive and excited for what 2018 may bring and part of you may feel a little bitter that you've not been discovered yet, or perhaps even been noticed at all. You're not alone and John Hunter is here with a timely reminder that we may as well enjoy ourselves on this journey, as futile as it may sometimes feel. He also has a tip for how to start getting some traction - CJ

CJ Walley 02 Jan 2018 0

The biggest news this month has to be the fact we now have over 2,000 scripts uploaded to Script Revolution. Amazing! Shoutout to Christopher Shields who uploaded the 2,000th script, These Guys. This proves the pace Script Revolution is growing that isn't slowing down, it is in fact speeding...

CJ Walley 26 Dec 2017 2

HAPPY FREAKING CHRISTMAS! Script Revolution has now had its 2,000 script uploaded, just a year and half since launch! Amazing! Shoutout to Christopher Shields who uploaded the 2,000th script, These Guys. This proves the pace Script Revolution is growing that isn't slowing down, it is in fact speeding up with over 100 scripts uploaded per month on average. Thank you so much to all the screenwriters and filmmakers who've joined up thus far. We are...

John Hunter 13 Dec 2017 2

The double edged sword of our new digital world. That's the topic for John Hunter's latest blog and something I imagine we've all had to consider. The barrier has been lowered so we can submit instantly via email, but then it's lowered for everybody and does that make us any better off? I have to admit, sometimes I long to be twenty years younger and ten years wiser, living back in the late nineties when you had to put a lot more legwork into being rejected - CJ

CJ Walley 05 Dec 2017 1

Something strange happened to me this year. My screenwriting life took a shift in a new direction. A producer reached out to me about optioning one of my features and is now working hard to secure the financing needed to green-light the project. This is a strange new world to me and, being the the kind of person who lives in perpetual state of anxiety, one which is filled with inner conflict and paranoia. I should be happy, ecstatic even, and I was for a few weeks before resuming my normal state of melancholy - CJ

CJ Walley 30 Nov 2017 0

I mentioned at the end of September that Steve Miles had optioned his script Forever Red via Script Revolution and the filmmakers were crowdfunding some of the budget. I'm pleased to say they've since reached their 80% goal and, while they still need that last 20%, will be able to...

CJ Walley 30 Nov 2017 0

It seems success stories are coming in pairs for members as Chris Hicks has optioned his shorts The Meltdown and The Chosen One to Charlie Mason.

CJ Walley 30 Nov 2017 0

Jason K Allen’s short A Most Unfortunate Face has been optioned UK-based director Dean Charles. Plus, his short comedy I Swear Inc. has been picked up by ...

CJ Walley 30 Nov 2017 0

I was expecting this to be a quiet one this month, but I've got plenty to update you on. Firstly, thanks to our latest Revolution Rockstars, we have reached the first goal of the Patreon campaign. The hosting costs for the site are now covered and I'm now able to move on to promoting the site to filmmakers via Facebook and Instagram. Secondly, Script Revolution now hosts the equivalent of over $250,000 per year in hosting fees compared to some pay sites - and that's just counting the features and TV pilots uploaded! - CJ

CJ Walley 02 Nov 2017 0

Happy Halloween, and what can be more terrifying than the daily despair of trying to make it in the movie business? Chills me to the bone. There's not a great deal to talk about this month, so this should be a quick one. Firstly, I want to say a huge thank you to the new Patreon supporters who've signed up. We are now only one supporter away from the first goal - securing enough to keep the site hosted - CJ

CJ Walley 31 Oct 2017 0

Woohoo! We reached the first goal with Patreon support which now means hosting the site is ensured for the future. Thanks so much to you all. If Script Revolution is working well for you, why not consider becoming a Patreon supporter too. For a small monthly donation, which you can end at any time, you can help keep the site free for other users. That's you sending the elevator back down. You'll also get Revolution Rockstar status here which...

Shawn Davis 25 Oct 2017 1

For those of you who have been at this writing thing for a while, the name Pia Cook should mean something to you. Pia is one of the best examples of how to keep a razor-sharp focus when the chips are down. What do I mean by that? Stay in this business long enough and you will see the “real” side of screenplay writing. The hard side. The side that makes lesser writers walk away. 

CJ Walley 01 Oct 2017 0

Yes, all one thousand plus you, because that's what happened this month. Shoutout to Elissa Hofelt for being the member that pushed us over four figures. Delighted to have so many of you onboard. This month, I've been able to bring in a lot of minor improvements along with some more major features to help scripts standout and assist industry members in finding what they're looking for - CJ

CJ Walley 05 Sep 2017 1

It's happened! Just 13 months after Script Revolution launched, we've had our 1,000th member join the revolution. Elissa Hofelt was the member who tripped the counter over this milestone. Elissa is a long time writer with several options under her belt with a pilot and feature current making the rounds. Thanks Elissa!

J.E. Clarke 30 Aug 2017 0

Here’s a story about the famous artist Picasso – one you may have heard before: A stranger interrupted Picasso at his evening meal. Producing a napkin from his pocket, the man asked: “Could you sketch something for me? I’ll pay you for it.  Name your price.”  Picasso grabbed a charcoal pencil, and rapidly sketched a goat. It took only a few strokes, yet was unmistakably a Picasso. The man reached for the napkin, but Picasso pulled it back. “You owe me $100,000”. The man was outraged. “$100,000? Why? That took no more than 30 seconds to draw!” Picasso threw the drawing away. “You are wrong...

John Hunter 23 Aug 2017 0

“I’m an artist. I don’t concern myself with such mundane things as financial reality or production costs…" Well, good luck with that. Meanwhile back in the real world, other struggling writers are trying to cut costs to help get empty pocket projects on screens. The Holy Grail for nascent filmmakers is, of course, a single location, one person script and no FX which can be shot with a single iPhone in ambient light. Big Studio have decided to go another way. It is an important thing to know and understand the difference.

CJ Walley 01 Aug 2017 0

It's hard to believe that, one year ago, I was bookending a month's solid work with the launch of this site. As I sat there ready to click the button and face the world, all I had was faith in other screenwriters believing we could band together to bring change. It was a true "if you build it, they will come" moment that's been realised with tremendous belief and adoption by screenwriters the world over. This is where I get to say thank you, thank you so very, very much.

CJ Walley 31 Jul 2017 2

Tomorrow, Script Revolution turns one year old and I can’t believe how fast it’s gone. I secretly hoped 1,200 scripts would be uploaded by now and that goal has been smashed. On average, 127 scripts are uploaded, 73 members sign-up, and over 1,300 scripts are downloaded on Script Revolution per month. Despite all the haters out there still trying to dismiss what we’re doing, Script Revolution is gaining more and more support every day. A sincere thank you to all those who’ve put faith into this in year one. - CJ


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